Why do we need a lesson like this? There is a war raging on planet earth on all levels for the lives of men of which most people are not aware, so as the priest of God, in the Israel of God we put it on the table.
From man was created, he went astray from God and so died, death means separation and we would have been separated forever unless God had done something about it. Jesus came and paid the price to ransom man from this death and give him the chance to become an immortal. Psalm 82:5 tells us:They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness:all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
Jesus says, Verily/surely I say unto you, among those born of women, hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Who was this John the Baptist? For this is a huge statement from Jesus concerning him.
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in:behold; he shall come saith the Lord of hosts.
Matthew 11:7-10, 13
Jesus makes it plain Malachi was talking about John the Baptist who was the forerunner and last prophet until Jesus came-how do we know this? Vs 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
John came preaching repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, Isaiah confirms this-Isaiah 40:3
Repent, turn from a life of sin, 1 John 3:4 tell us sin is transgression of the law, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
John is not the kingdom but a representative of God’s coming kingdom and government that will be established upon this earth. God’s desire is to live here upon this earth among man.
The Lord has chosen Zion (Jerusalem which is the capital city of Israel) and will be the center of God’s government. This is my rest for ever:here will I dwell:for I have desired it. Far from man being raptured off to heaven, God’s desire is to come here. There is one who wants to go to heaven and you can read about him in Isaiah 14:12-15
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE, AS IN HEAVEN SO IN EARTH.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
What will was done in heaven that Jesus taught us to pray to the Father to be upon the earth?
Revelation 12:7-9, 12-13
Satan led a revolt against God in heaven and war broke out, Satan and the angels who rebelled lost the fight, how are you going to war against the one who created you? Peace is now established in heaven, that is why there is rejoicing in heaven, but what about the earth? Woe (great sorrow and distress) to the inhabitants of the earth, WHY? Because the Devil is come down unto you having great wrath (he is mad cause he lost the battle which he couldn’t win and vows to go back to heaven from which he was cast out).
This is future, so if this is the case, who is influencing the governments of the kingdoms of this earth?
Genesis 1:1, 26
Man was given the task to govern the earth.
Genesis 2:7-9, 16-17
The Lord God forms man of the dust, the Lord cultivates a garden called Eden and places the man there. Apart from fruit trees and herbs which was man’s food. Two other trees were in the garden, the Tree of life (JESUS) the Tree of knowledge of good and evil (Satan) God gave man one command, don’t eat from/communicate with Satan.
Genesis 3:1-6, 16
Man (man is a species, male and female) disobeys God and listened to Satan’s lies and right then death came into the creation, women lost their equality, man has to worked hard all the days of his life, man became corrupted and he forfeited rulership to Satan. Let’s examine this.
As part of his mission to save mankind, Jesus had to come as a man and meet Satan in his full strength just as Satan had met Eve in full strength. He temps, he cannot force us to do anything, but he knows the desires of the hearts of fallen men, materialism and the lusts for the things of this world and does indeed gives it to all who worship him. He tricked man into handing over rulership of the earth.
The rightful ruler of the earth is the Lord’s, the world and all who dwell therein. He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods.
Even if there are gods so called, there is none like unto thee oh Lord, neither is there any works like unto your works. Vs 9:ALL NATIONS whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things:thou art God alone.
Dan 7:1, 3-7, 19, 23
The prophet Daniel is shown by God the Gentile empires that would rise and rule to the coming of the lord in order. Babylon, Medio/Persia, Greece and Rome. Vs 19 Daniel wants to know about Rome, the fourth beast. Rome destroys you physically and spiritually. Where did these beast kingdoms get their power from?
The Dragon/Satan the devil, gave them his power, his seat (rulership) and great authority.
Revelation 17 tells us about the religious sytem of Rome and calls her the Mother of Harlots and she has children, those that are of the reformation movement because they were reformed out of Rome. God knew that many people would be caught up within this counterfeit church and issues a warning.
Come out of her my people!
Every government has Ambassadors (a representative, accredited diplomat sent by a state)
2 Corinthians 5:20
We are ambassadors of a different order, a heavenly one, the highest order, representing God’s kingdom and government to be established upon this earth with the task of spreading the gospel, that is the good news of this coming kingdom and government and how to get into it and fulfilling all the functions of this office which is why God gives us gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) So, we are Christ Ambassadors, what else are we?
2 Timothy 2:3
Yes, we are also soldiers! Soldiers carry out their governments orders at home and abroad and soldiers have to fight, so God equips us.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Though we be flesh and blood we don’t war with conventional or nuclear weapons. Not carnal (weapons) but (weapons) mighty through God to pull down strongholds. Casting down imaginations and everything high that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Let us have a look at our enemies, and our battle equipment!
The whole amour, nothing left exposed. Wrestling is the most intense form of combat. This war is not against flesh and blood beings but principalities (prince rules over principalities or areas) against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 14:First bit of armour is truth, the word of God. Righteousness, Gospel (good news of the kingdom) of peace (the gospel is a weapon!) shield of Faith (belief of the word of God and acting upon it) is the shield. The helmet of salvation (covers the head/the mind) The mind is the main area of battle. The sword of the spirit (the Word of God)
Ephesians 2:1 - 2
And you hath he (JESUS) quickened (made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins (Romans 6:23 the wages of sin/ breaking God’s laws is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord)
2 Corinthians 4:1-4
The god of this world is Satan, this is why JESUS taught us to pray for “Thy (Heavenly Father) kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. The Father’s will is not being done on this earth now.
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Here Jesus tells it another way, every man (man is a specie, male and female) has to press into the kingdom because there is brutal opposition hence Jesus teaching (Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Satan is not called the god of this world for nothing, he has even set up his own brand of Christianity through Rome preaching another Jesus, he infiltrates governments, on TV, in the education systems, he is head of diversity, equal rights, campaign groups without number, it is an all-out assault on every front.
2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live a godly life in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (hostility, ill treatment, especially because of race, political or religious beliefs, oppression, victimization, abuse, punishment, torment, torture). But Satan is not God but a fallen angel.
Satan has deceived the nations and their armies to think they can defeat the Lord, just like he did with a third of the angels in heaven.
It is decision time, who is going to govern this piece of real estate as well as the nations?
Joel 3:1-2, 9-12, 14-15
Israel as a nation cannot go back to their land until the Lord returns, before that he is going to bring all the armies of the world to the valley of Jehoshaphat which is in Israel and he is going to plead (enter into judgment) with them for what they have done to his people.
Zechariah 14:1, 3-5, 9
The Lord shall be king over all the earth:In that day shall there be one Lord and his name one.
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
One angel descends from heaven, chains up Satan and locks him in the bottomless pit and seals him in for a thousand years. the resurrected saints and those alive when the Lord returns are become spirit beings, sitting upon thrones judging. The dead who didn’t make it stay in their graves until the thousand years are up. Satan is loosed and once again goes out deceiving the nations and this time working through Russia mounts another assault against the city of God (Ezekiel 38) but this time fire comes from heaven and cremates them. Satan is thrown into the lake of fire. The great white throne judgment takes place for the people of the second resurrection who were judge according to the books (bible)they were judged according to their works. Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire (death is an enemy added to the creation because man sinned) those not found in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Let Jude tell us about this time.
This is their time!
A new heaven and a new earth as the first heaven and first earth passed away and there was no more sea, the new city Jerusalem comes down from God. God finally comes to tabernacle with men as was his heart’s desire. No more death, no more sorrow, nor crying, no more pain, no more Satan and his demons for the former things are passed away.
The Kingdom of heaven will no longer suffer violence and God’s will is done on earth as it was in heaven.